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Unilin Group and Beaulieu International Group settle all patent disputesUnilin Group and Beaulieu International Group settle all patent disputes2007-04-16T22:00:00Z

The Unilin Group, Beaulieu International Group and Välinge Innovation AB have reached an agreement to settle their global patent dispute. This puts an end to many years of litigation relating to the infringement and validity of the respective patents.

Both the Unilin Group and Beaulieu International Group have marketed laminate flooring with glueless systems since the late nineties. These systems are protected worldwide by various patents.

The Unilin Group has introduced its Uniclic® system in 1997 and markets its products under the Quick-Step® brand. Beaulieu International Group has produced laminate flooring products since the year 2000 under the license of the Swedish company Välinge Innovation AB and markets these products under the trademarks “Berry Floor” and “Alloc”.

Beaulieu International Group was, as a licensee of Välinge, involved in dozens of legal proceedings with Unilin regarding alleged infringements on the respective patents. Both companies have now reached an agreement to settle all their legal cases worldwide. This agreement settles approximately 25 current legal cases in the USA, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom.

Beaulieu International Group will have access to Unilin patents on the glueless technology as well as on the bevelled edge technology by means of a license agreement. At the same time, Unilin will have access to patents of the Swedish company Välinge Innovation through an agreement with this company.

This agreement protects the value of the respective patents and it offers to each party the chance to maximize its innovations.  

 

 

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